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Zhik Cadet Alf Simmond Trophy at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

by Neil Collingridge 4 May 14:35 BST 27-28 April 2019
Zhik Cadet Alf Simmond Trophy at Weymouth © Tim Hampton / www.timhampton.uk

The Cadet Class Spring Series to decide the UK World Team for this summer's World Championships in Poland rolled into Portland just as Storm Hannah decided also to roll into town and vent its fury across the South Coast. 50 knots out of a clear blue sky with boats and bits scattered across the boat park.

As a result Saturday was blown out and the young sailors resorted to fitness (a few), rules seminars (fewer still - when will they learn?), trips to the cinema (Avengers End Game was popular, Dumbo less so) and even some were seen sitting in Spinnakers Bar doing some GCSE revision.

Sunday looked a much better prospect so an early start was booked with Arky our trusted PRO aiming to get four decent races in. Conditions were a pretty peachy 12-18 knots with the sun burning through as the day went on. Weymouth's resident sea life came to visit the fleet before proceedings started prompting some to ask if he was lost - no he was there on porpoise!

Race One saw Lia Fletcher and Kali Karaskas on the second beat hauling in Katie Yelland and Dom Rowell who had led at the first windward. They took the win from Cally Terkelsen and Pippa Smith and Ethan Davey and Alex Enkel in third. In regatta fleet Tom Walker and Ned Fairhurst took first from Ed Fletcher and Charlie Bailey.

On to Race Two and once again Lia and Kali putting down a serious challenge by again dominating proceedings and taking a grip on the championships. In second was Katie and Dom followed by Phoebe Bradshaw and Rhona Enkel. The track was favouring those starting at the pin, heading left toward the Bill until taking the left hander on port as the wind rose over Chesil Beach. That was fine if you could approach on Port ahead of the fleet but lead to some interesting situations developing for those in the pack as they converged at the windward mark. In regatta first and second were reversed with Ed and Charlie ahead of Tom and Ned.

Race 3 started after a quick turnaround from Arky. The sun was out and these were becoming champagne conditions - no more so than for Lia and Kali who again took things conservatively at the start and shifted gear to lead from the front as things went on. Moving up a place this race into second were Phoebe and Rhona with Elie Watling and George Little taking a solid third place to move up the overall rankings. Once again in regatta fleet Ed and Charlie extended fromTom and Ned to also place the Fletcher siblings in control of both fleets.

So Lia and Kali had done enough to win the event but not content with that they bagged a fourth win in Race 4 to also take firm control of the Worlds qualifier series. A masterclass of quality, sensible tactical racing where making fewer mistakes than those in pursuit clearly paid dividends. Second were Ethan and Alex with Phoebe and Rhona third. Again in regatta fleet Ed and Charlie Won to take the overall first place ahead of Tom and Ned.

So that was it. Boats were packed up in the beautiful sunshine and the Zhik sponsored prize giving was wrapped up quickly so everyone could be on the road to home by 5.30. As always WPNSA put on a great event and the frustration of no sailing on Saturday was but a memory as tired youngsters headed home.

Next weekend the Cadet Class moves on to Grafham Water for the final qualifier - things are getting tight for those seven coveted team places but with a good though chilly forecast there's little doubt that those chosen will have earned their places.

Main Fleet Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGold10012Lia FletcherKali KaraskasWaldringfield SC‑11113
2ndGold10004Phoebe BradshawRhona EnkelFrensham Pond SC‑43238
3rdGold10051Ethan DaveyAlex EnkelWaldringfield SC3(DSQ)6211
4thGold9028Elinor WatlingGeorge LittleFrensham Pond SC‑543512
5thGold10002Katie YellandDom RowellFrensham Pond SC62‑8715
6thGold9984Ben GoultAlex McEwanFrensham Pond SC‑887419
7thGold9983Hazel WhittleGwen ThorogoodWaldringfield SC7‑134920
8thGold9994Daisy NunnOscar BushWaldringfield SC95(DNF)822
9thGold8352Cally TerkelsenPippa SmithStone SC2913(OCS)24
10thGold8420Rosie TargettSophia SfaxiFrensham Pond SC‑117101128
11thGold9964Yasmin SfaxiMatteo ManciniFrensham Pond SC12125‑1429
12thGold9982Charlotte LeighTom KrailingWaldringfield SC‑21159630
13thGold9877Hamish CollingridgeRobert StewartWaldringfield SC16611‑1833
14thSilver10003Libbie BushAmelia MayhewWaldringfield SC10‑17151035
15thGold9985Olivia GowlandHarriet ThorogoodWaldringfield SC‑2211121538
16thGold9977Sam GoultSarah McEwanFrensham Pond SC131017‑2140
17thGold8845Toby SlumpEmily CullenFrensham Pond SC17‑19141243
18thSilver9321Ines GreenEmilia MayhewWaldringfield SC‑1814161343
19thGold9020Jessica WatlingLilly BucktonFrensham Pond SC1416‑202050
20thGold9378Will ShepherdTom ShepherdFrensham Pond1920‑221655
21stSilver9673Alana CorbettMonty SlumpFrensham Pond SC202119‑2260
22ndGold10001Toby BushKemmel ThorogoodWaldringfield SC1518(RET)DNC61
23rdSilver7202Emilia HamptonJemima McMorrisSouth Cerney SC‑2322211962
24thSilver9027Phoebe BarrBrandon BarkerRoyal Corinthian YC(OCS)OCS181763
25thGold10076Hannah CarruthersLibby DaunterFrensham Pond SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC84
25thSilver10032Amelia MayhewLoulou MayhewWaldringfield SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC84
25thGold9962Ollie MearsWill MearsRoyal Corinthian YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC84

Regatta Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st9576Edward FletcherCharlie BaileyWaldringfiled SC‑21113
2nd8910Tom WalkerNed FairhurstFrensham Pond SC1‑2225
3rd9401Megan McMorrisJosh DavidsonSouth Cerney SC3‑53410
4th8854Ryan HarrisOliver CaygillFrensham Pond SC434‑511
5th7679Mimi SlumpElliott ChapmanFrensham Pond SC(RET)4DNF315
6th9371Ethan MillarAva RobertsSouth Cerney SC5(RET)DNCDNC21
7th8852Tristan WhittleDominik McArdleWaldringfield SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC24

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